Operationalizing reflexivity to improve the rigor of palliative care research

Bridget Johnston (Lead / Corresponding author), Jan Pringle, Deans Buchanan

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    Reflective practice involves deliberate consideration of actions, attitudes and behaviors. Reflexivity in research is considered important for ensuring that research is ethically and rigorously conducted. This paper details the challenges of conducting research involving patients with palliative care needs within the acute hospital environment. It discusses the contribution of reflexivity to a pilot study using the Patient Dignity Question (PDQ) “What do I need to know about you as a person to take the best care of you that I can?” as a brief intervention to foster a more person-centered climate. Challenges that emerged are discussed from the perspectives of the researchers, the participants, and the setting; they relate to: timing and recruitment, the nature of palliative care illness, attitudes to research, and the research environment. Awareness of such issues can prompt researchers to devise appropriate strategies and approaches that may inform and assist the rigor and conduct of future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e1-e5
    Number of pages5
    JournalApplied Nursing Research
    Early online date28 Oct 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • Palliative care
    • Reflective practice
    • Reflexivity
    • Research rigor

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Nursing


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